Sara Danius, the first female head of Nobel's literature award body, passes away at 57
Danius passed away early Saturday following a long illness.
Danius, who was a literature critic, professor and writer, served as the first female permanent secretary of the Swedish Academy between 2015 and 2018.
She published a book last year on singer-songwriter Bob Dylan having played a central role in the decision to award the 2016 literature award to the US musician.
Danius left the Swedish Academy, established in 1786, in February in the wake of a sex abuse and financial crime scandal that broke out in 2017. She wasn't accused of wrongdoing.